Olympic Committee Scolds Lebanese Delegation for Barring Israeli Athletes From Bus

Israel's delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2012. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/GettyImages)
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Haaretz reports: The International Olympic Committee reprimanded the head of the Lebanese delegation on Sunday after the Lebanese athletes refused to share a bus with the Israeli team ahead of the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on Friday.

The head of the Lebanese group physically blocked the Israeli athletes from boarding a shuttle meant to take both delegations to the ceremony, in what Israeli sailing coach Udi Gal called a ‘diplomatic incident.’

Officials ended up organizing a seperate bus ride for the Israeli delegation.

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